Young children are vulnerable, but they develop resilience when their physical and psychological well-being is protected by adults.
Staff recruitment, induction, training, development and appraisal procedures include issuing of guidelines and terms and conditions of employment. Training and development includes the completion of an induction programme, training file and internal training courses. Observation, assessment and on going development is achieved through peer observations and appraisals. Staff are required to obtain and renew First Aid and Food Hygiene qualifications and attend and renew external Child Protection training. Continual Professional Development is promoted and training to degree level is available via a variety of training providers. Staff are required to provide references, complete a health declaration and CRB check. Under their contract of employment they are also required to notify their manager of any changes to health and/or circumstance which may breach their employment terms.
There are comprehensive checks and systems in place to ensure that all personnel are kept safe whilst on the premises and staff have a competent ability to complete drills, checks and records accurately. Safety has been highlighted as an aspect of outstanding practise at Ofsted inspections. External risk assessment is completed prior to visits and outings. “Safe risk” is applied to develop children’s awareness in personal safety both in a physical sense with space and equipment and when out and about.
Procedures for accessing the premises for parents and children are explained during the settling procedure and reminders of procedures are displayed, especially for notification of medication and collection procedures. Non arrival and unauthorized changes of collection are always followed up. Visitors are required to follow set procedures and where applicable are accompanied at all times.
Work experience students and those on placement complete induction training and work under close supervision. Barnies is frequently recognized and awarded for promoting partnerships which support essential industry training and experience for students.
Barnies is committed to support, enhance and promote the well being of all the children in their care. This is governed by the directives included in all the policies, parents’ instruction and legislative requirements. Personal hygiene is advertised and encouraged to prevent cross contamination, spread of disease and to pronounce children’s awareness. Children must feel safe and secure in the early years environment. Guidelines on the administration of medication are very stringent. Admission of children requiring medication will be considered on an individual basis and must be discussed with the Manager. Children and staff will be excluded from attending due to symptoms or illness of any contagious disease or infection. Exclusions will depend on the disease or infection and the recommendations of a medical professional. Persons suffering from sickness or diarrhoea will be excluded for a period of 48 hours.
Through the appointment of the key person the children are encouraged to form attachments within the setting which reduces anxiety as well as developing a genuine bond with the child and offering a settled, close relationship. With the allocation of a key person it is hoped that the children and their parents become familiar with the setting and feel confident and safe within it.
This Barnies is situated within the grounds of Hadlow Primary School, near Tonbridge, and has been registered since January 2004.
This Barnies is situated within the grounds of the Hop Farm Country Park, near Paddock Wood, and has been registered since 1999.
This Barnies is situated in the Raley Centre, and has been registered since 2004.
Established since 1996 primarily for nursery care Barnies now provides an all encompassing child care provision for parents with children from birth to eleven years.